DUST OFF: Perfect Sync – Man Song (Evidance Recordings EVID 006-96 – 1996)

If Dutch music writer Erik Müller aka E. Muul does not sound familiar, his Tintin-inspired alias Haddock & Müller may well do because it’s credited as the producer of fabulous cosmic electro conceived in the last decade by Freak Electrique (“P.H.A.S.E.R.”) for Viewlexx. For getting terminally lost in the alias jungle, let’s bring up Müller’s Perfect Sync project that released in mid-nineties three twelves on the Dutch label Evidance. The first single “Down The Deep / Body Slam” ranged from decent Detroit influenced techno to acid house and the second seemed to follow the same direction. The final one, 180 gram white […]

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Ten Harthouse tracks: Many faces of a ground-breaking label

Revivals are happening all the time and it’s difficult to say when one ends and another begins. However in 2017, there are some signs of trance factor making a return to the floor. Thus it’s time to recall the glory days of Harthouse, a Frankfurt label founded in 1992 by Heinz Roth, Sven Väth and Matthias Hoffmann, that essentially shaped ‘hard trance’ movement but explored other directions too. It’s difficult to remain limited to only ten tracks because in addition to the artists mentioned below, Metal Masters, Resistance D, Braincell, Jiri Ceiver and others had their highlights too. Today a […]

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TECHNO & TRANCE: Boston 168, Peter Eilmes, Eloim, Peter van Hoesen

‘Trance’ has been both a severely misunderstood and abused genre, mostly standing for euphoric, full-on fare that mushroomed in the nineties. Leaving aside the substances related to the scene, trance has a deserved position in the dance music history. Difficult to say if we are facing a revival but some recent releases carry elements of quality trance.   Boston 168 – 90’s Space EP (Enemy Ltd ENEMY 033 – 2017) Plenty of acid from the Italian duo and smoke machine can be smelled in the title cut recalling the Djax-Up days. In “Interstellar” and “Orbit” the heart rate of Harthouse […]

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DUST OFF: Various – The Techno Sound Of Berlin (NovaMute NMCD 3002 – 1992)

Fragrances, jeans, alcohol, a selection of hit CDs and suddenly, “The Techno Sound Of Berlin (Berlin 1992 – Tresor Kompilation)” – it was my first, unexpected meeting with release. It happened in 1992 at Amerest, an upmarket store in the university city of Tartu that opened in the dawn of market economy in Estonia some years earlier. It used to accept foreign currency only, until June 1992 when free-falling rouble was swapped to the Estonia’s national currency kroon. Still former ‘valuta shops’ remained either places to expose own wealth or, for the people not so well off, to do some window shopping. I did the […]

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Acronym – June (Northern Electronics NE21 – 2015)

In the areas closer to the Arctic Circle, the month of June is full of suggestive stories – after wintery darkness being defeated, breath-taking white nights proclaim the Summer Solstice. When the nature is in full blossom, even rain and winds do not spoil the magic. Therefore June is something to cherish and Acronym is exactly doing that, with the help of sound-emitting machines. For Acronym, “June” is the fourth release on Northern Electronics. Initially seen as Abdulla Rashim’s experimental side activity, the label has become an established outlet with a strong roster on Nordic artists. Sound wise it is located in the crossroads of tripping pagan rites for […]

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Polar Inertia – Kinematic Optics EP (Dement3d Records DM3D011 – 2015)

Techno shamans from Polar Inertia keep demonstrating their prowess with the third EP on Dement3d, when “Kinematic Optics EP” drops after convincing “Indirect Light” and “The Last Vehicle”, both among most sought-after releases of the Paris label. Polar Inertia reports nothing new about their biographical details and it is also irrelevant, seeing how capable they are in creating a well-working blend of trance influences and rugged techno textures. Actually, calling over 73 minutes of music an EP is actually misleading, but vinyl buyers can be only happy about. However, the label quickly realised that the length does not justify the price (€14) asked for the digital release and allocated a […]

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DJ Deep & Roman Poncet Present Adventice – Extraction (Tresor.274 – 2015)

No kidding, techno institution Tresor goes post-Harthouse when two French producers, DJ Deep and Roman Poncet, are pacing the night with swirling trance-induced cuts in “Extraction”. It is a different and stimulating release in current techno landscape, although during first listen I felt a little puzzled how to take it. Having started with spectacular air show “Extracapsular Extraction”, the highlight arrives with intrepid arpeggios and steaming bass stabs in “Data Retrieval”, a reanimation session for the goa generation. The B-side is filled with seven minutes of intense pulses in “Extraction Force”, for broadcasting in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. DJ Deep has been active for over 20 years […]

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Ekserd – The Hidden Documents (Ressort Imprint RSI 006 – 2015)

The word ‘trance’ comes over my lips when listening to four hidden documents, released by Berlin’s fledgling Ressort Imprint. Of Ekserd’s original material, the opener “Hidden Document I” behaves wildly when boosting blood pressure with rough drum driven material. Next, I can’t ignore the feeling of hearing a Kangding Ray track when “II” opens the door for dubby screeches and trancy elements already heard in the opener. The B-side is dedicated to the reworks of visiting artists. Firstly, I/Y’s drops a high altitude version, before Svreca takes “II” to a trippy flight, for me the highlight of the release. To mention is also the digital […]

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Edit Select & Teste – The Rewipes (edit-select ES018 – 2014)

Firstly, it’s a welcome initiative by Scotland’s Tony Scott aka Edit Select to unearth a famed techno classic “The Wipe” by Teste, originally out on Probe Records USA in 1992. Even though “The Wipe” and especially the “5 a.m. Synaptic” mix never really collected the dust, it might have been a track rather cherished by those remembering the days back then. For the new round, Scott had selected and edited the original for his own DJ sets and after contacting Dave Foster and Thomas S. Browning from Teste they decided to issue the edit. The original is immediately recognizable, only […]

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Datura Dilema – Chasing The Sun (Drama Universal DRAMA002 – 2014)

Release date is in May 2014 Having released two digital albums on Spanish platform Subsist with the focus on dubbed out and droning techno, Datura Dilema’s own digital imprint Drama Universal is seeking healing qualities with a set of softer textures. However the new two-tracker “Chasing The Sun” would not be a stranger on the floor.The 12-minute title piece is clearly driven by solar energy, letting gentle loops to trek over dunes in search of New Age tribesmen. Feeling like slow-mode Harthouse tune, it’s a strong pro-life statement with well-crafted harmonies. More intense repetition factor is faced in “Rise”, which […]

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